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What Is the Most Populated City in Canada?

Toronto is the most populated city in Canada.

What is the Most Populated City in Canada?

According to the 2016 census, Canada has a population of 35,151,728. This figure represented a five percent increase compared to 2011, and 0.5% of the total global population. Canada's population is projected to rise to about 44 million by 2030. The country covers an area of 3,511,023 square miles of and has a population density of 10.2 persons per square miles, which ranks Canada as the 14th least populated country in the world. Although Ottawa is the country's capital city, Toronto is Canada's largest and most populous city.


Toronto is the largest and most populous city in Canada. The city is located in Canada's largest province, Ontario, which has a population of about 14.2 million. Toronto has a population of 2.75 million, making it the 4th most populous city in North America, surpassed only by Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles. It is considered a global city because of its global influence in economic, financial, cultural, political and social matters.

History and Location

The city sits on a sloping plateau on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario in southern Ontario. It is intersected by a network of urban forests, large rivers, and deep ravines. The area was first inhabited by indigenous people about 10,000 years ago, and later by European settlers in the 1790s, when the Mississaugas were coerced into surrendering to the British Crown. The town of York was established by the British and served as the capital of the province of Upper Canada. In 1812 the city was heavily damaged by American troops during the Battle of York. In 1834 it was renamed and incorporated as the city of Toronto, and acted as the economic and administrative capital of Ontario during Canada's Confederation.

Modern Toronto

Modern Toronto consists of clearly defined and unique neighborhoods. Its population represents the city's past and modern role as a destination for immigrants to Canada. Over 200 ethnic groups can be found, while fifty percent of the population consists of minority groups. A majority of the population speak English, although 160 different languages are spoken within the city's boundaries. It is a popular destination for tourists and receives more than 25 million visitors annually. Toronto also acts as a center for motion pictures, music, and theatres, as it houses several of Canada’s top television networks and media outlets. Skyscrapers and towers create an attractive skyline of the city. The CN Tower takes is renowned for being the tallest free-standing concrete tower in the world and the tallest free-standing structure. Toronto is also the commercial and economic center of Canada, and is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange, which is the seventh largest in the world. The city is also home to the headquarters of the five largest banks in the country. Several Canadian multinationals and corporations are also located in the city.

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